The 50th anniversary of British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce was a resounding success as it was obvious the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor enjoyed themselves tremendously. The Malaysian Prime Minister gave an incisive and witty speech which I will elaborate later.
However I was hugely amused by an embarrassing faux pas that almost made me roll in the aisle if not for the fact my table was directly behind the Prime Minister so I had to behave.
My souvenir booklet had the forward by Dato Larry Gan in his capacity as chairman of British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce. But the words "Dato' Larry Gan, Chairman, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce" was obviously pasted upon and badly glued on as the words were lop-sided as if done in a hurry.
I thought my souvenir booklet was faulty so I took another. And another and each had the same strip stuck on hastily so it was covering something else beneath. Curiouser and curiouser. So I painstakingly peeled off the glued on strip of paper and saw these words "Dato Larry Gan, Chairman, British High Commissioner to Malaysia"!!!
What an embarrassing mistake! Whoever did the proof reading must have been sent to the gallows and beheaded by now!
How could this swan past the editorial team since the words were part of the header and not buried somewhere amid the text!
Obviously it was discovered at the last minute and there was no time to reprint the offending mistake haha.
What a coincidence---on 27 February 2014 at Mandarin Oriental a similar boo-boo occurred during the welcome reception of the President of the Philippines HE Benigno Aquino III by the Philippines Embassy and Federation of Filipino Associations of Malaysia. The huge signboard on the stage proclaimed "President of the Philipines".
I blinked and rubbed my eyes, taking care my contact lenses did not fall out. The words remained unchanged. It should be 'Philippines' and not 'Philipines'! As every child learns in school, there are 3 P's in 'Philippines'! And this went unnoticed by the Filipinos!
Only I with my eagle eyes spotted this mistake at once!
So all the photographs show the President of the Philippines and his entourage sitting in front of the backdrop that reads 'Welcome H.E Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philipines".
Oh well, what man plans, God splits asunder though there were many careless men in these two cases!
Videos showing the close rapport between Malaysia and United Kingdom
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge visited Malaysia last year
Speech by Dato Larry Gan
Even the chairs of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak featured the Union Jack and Malaysian flag
Soo Shea Pin holding her Anya Hindmarch clutch bag featuring Swan matches
Totally exquisite. Soo Shea Pin looks a bit like Anya Hindmarch who looks a lot like J.K Rowling the author of Harry Potter
The Prime Minister and his guards and minders using torchlights were searching for something that dropped!
I wanted to join and helped search but was told not to stick my big flat nose in
Whatever dropped was found
Atilia and mum Salamiah performing
Sand artist Loong Bee creating Petronas Twin Towers using sand by hand
So easy it seems
Handshake between the Brits and us!
Hooray for England and Malaysia!
Speech by British Prime Minister HE David Cameron read by British High Commissioner to Malaysia He Simon Featherstone
The PM and wife listened intently
The British High Commissioner's speech
The speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
The Prime Minister and VIPs led by Dato Larry Gan were invited on stage after the PM's speech
Andrew Sill of RBS Royal Bank of Scotland, Dato Seri Mustapha Mohamed, British High Commissioner to Malaysia HE Simon Featherstone, chairman of British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce Dato Larry Gan and Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
They moved to sand artist Loong Bee's table
The sand image of British Prime Minister David Cameron and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was hand created by Loong Bee
A live demo
The Malaysian Prime Minister holds a photo of Loong Bee's sand masterpiece
They wait for someone ot something to happen...
The arrival of Andy Cole, top British footballer and once a star of Manchester United! What a surprise!
The Malaysian Prime Minister shaking hands with Andrew Cole
This is what I call a trophy, replete with ribbons
The Prime Minister of Malaysia was invited to cut the 50th anniversary cake of British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
Done! And here's to the next 50 years!
Hands Percussion Team in action
Stephanie van Driesen sings Les Miserables which is French rather than British...why not Mary Poppins which is as English as they come? Some wag sniggered 'Wrong country, Stephanie'
The Prime Minister departs
Brendan Aloysius and Stephanie van Driesen duet All I Ask of You
Antoine, Sabah, Iris Tan and Kee Hua Chee
Soo Shea Pin of Anya Hindmarch, Datuk Seri Michael Yam of Invest KL Corp and Iris Tan of The Star
This lady kept brushing her hair off her face
Datuk Seri Michael Yam and harem
Kee Hua Chee towers over them
Kee Hua Chee and Datuk Seri Michael Yam
Iris Tan and Brendan Aloysius
Iris Tan of The Star and Brendan Aloysius
Madame Gail Featherstone, Nikesh Mehta and His Excellency Simon Featherstone, British High Commissioner to Malaysia
Madam Gail Featherstone, Nikesh Mehta and HE Simon Featherstone
Kee Hua Chee's skeletal toe shoes was a sensation
Jamal Lea and Michael Swift
Jamal Lea and Michael Swift
Stephanie van Driesen and Brendab Aloysius
Kee Hua Chee, Stephanie van Driesen and Brendan Aloysius
Tracy Lew, Ben G and Aida Ho
Tracy Lew, Ben G and Aida Ho
Mansor Tun Aziz came as a Scotsman in tux
Mansor Tun Aziz and Kee Hua Chee were Best Dressed
Mansor Tun Aziz and Kee Hua Chee
Mansor Tun Razak and Kee Hua Chee
Trying to avoid the shadows on our handsome faces!